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A Sweet Note Played on the Limoncello: Limoncello Recipe

One of the best parts of January is avoiding the cold by staying in and working on DIY projects. One classic seasonal concoction is homemade limoncello. With some delicious Sorrento lemons and this easy recipe by Wine & Spirits Manager Sam Kling, you can be extra authentic with this Italian classic!

  • Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from a dozen Sorrento lemons. Try to avoid as much of the white pith as possible. Scrape off any pith you do get with a paring knife.
  • Add the peels to a quart jar and cover with a bottle of vodka, like Albany Distilling Co.’s ALB Vodka. Let that steep for two weeks.
  • A day before the two weeks are up, peel 6 more lemons. Add the peels to a bowl and cover with a pound of sugar, allowing the citrus oils to infuse with the sugar overnight (cover with plastic wrap or similar).
  • The next day, add the sugar and lemon peels to 2 1/2 cups of water and simmer until the sugar dissolves and it reduces slightly. Let the syrup cool, then combine it with the vodka and lemon infusion.
  • Allow that to mingle at room temperature in a dark place for another week or two, then strain the peels out, and bottle into recycled glass bottles of your choice (make sure to wash them thoroughly first—the swing tops are best, but wine bottles work).
  • Pop the bottles in the freezer and serve your limoncello chilled!
Carla Bueno-SandersA Sweet Note Played on the Limoncello: Limoncello Recipe
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A Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down

Could your January use a little hair of the dog, a little boost, a little wellness? A cure for what ails ya might be in order after a December full of holiday parties, relatives, and a work life balance that might as well have been a see-saw. All you want to do is hibernate until spring! Making a list of resolutions feels trite; it takes on a different flavor, though, when you rename it self-care.

Maybe you’re cutting out dairy—don’t worry, we’ve got Oatly in stock, though Elmhurst also makes a range of great non-dairy milks. If you’re trying to chase away the last of a 2019 cold, Monfefo’s tried and true ginger and turmeric shots now come in glass bottles to reduce their plastic production. Turmeric is also known to boost joint health, but if you’re looking for a bigger batch than a few ounces, you can make your own healthful brew at home with Diaspora Co’s single-origin turmeric, sourced directly from the family farmers that grow it in India.

The most classic resolution, naturally, is starting a new exercise regimen. It can seem like most fitness-oriented food and drink is full of unpronounceable ingredients that only weigh you down. Your standard energy bar often feels like chewing on putty dipped in faux chocolate. Energy drinks come in colors not found in nature and can taste more like the factory they were bottled in. Luckily, we’ve got the goods to keep you moving and focused.

Pack your gym duffel, hiking pack or even just your everyday bag with dairy-free, gluten-free energy bars like O.W.L., Yes, and Kuli Kuli moringa bars—O.W.L., made locally, has been a cashier favorite for years. Ingredients like protein-rich peanut butter, coconut nectar, and noted super-green moringa will fortify you, while being so delicious you’ll be looking forward to snack time. For the more serious gym goers, Siren Protein Bites pack 12 grams of plant-based protein into every serving! Don’t forget to hydrate—our current pick is Recoup, a more natural take on energy drinks with revitalizing local maple water, and a healthy dose of muscle-soothing organic ginger that gives it a kick. You’ll want to pick up every flavor!

Of course, there’s no one way to focus on health in the new year. So let’s drink—or eat—to your health in 2020, no matter what wellness trail you blaze.

Carla Bueno-SandersA Little Wellness Pick Me Up That Won’t Put You Down
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Last Call for Thanksgiving Essentials!

THANKSGIVING HOURS
Wednesday 11/27: 8am-9pm
Thursday 11/28: 8am-2pm
Friday 11/29: 9am-8pm

Try as we might, there’s no guarantee we’ll have everything we need on the big day. We make detailed lists or recruit friends and family to bring sides and desserts, but somehow, there just never seems to be enough butter! Luckily, we’ve stocked up on vital ingredients, and we’ll be open down to the wire on Thanksgiving Day to make sure you don’t run out.

Of course, our essentials are anything but basic. Butter aficionados already know how good Rodolphe de Meunier’s Beurre de Baratte is, though vegans won’t be left out with Miyoko’s cultured cashew and coconut butter. If you’re after bacon to gussy up your greens or punch up your stuffing, get our house made bacon sliced to order—you can even choose your thickness! For the hands-on piemaker, amp up your crusts with our house made leaf lard, rendered from pastured Berkshire pigs. For the hands-on piemaker short on time, no worries; we’ll have no shortage of pre-made crusts for you to fill.

Not even sure what you’re missing on your list? Check it against our Thanksgiving collection here, and make sure your dinner isn’t going without!

Carla Bueno-SandersLast Call for Thanksgiving Essentials!
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All Soup-ed Up

A brisk day, a sweater and a big scarf, and a bowl of hot, delicious soup—just some of ingredients for a perfect fall day. While we may not be able to control the weather, we’ve got the most important part: Soup! Our neighborhood-famous soup is finally back, and our new Head Chef, Andrew Werblin, is excited to bring his recipes to your table. Look forward to classics like chicken noodle and French onion to ward off the cold. You’re sure to add some new favorites to your list, though, like spicy and sour chicken tom kha gai, or a hearty West African peanut stew!

Don’t forget to keep your soup card handy, of course—ten stamps will earn you a free soup, which could be just the pick-me-up you need as the days get longer. Ask your cashier for a card today!

Carla Bueno-SandersAll Soup-ed Up
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Taught By The Glass—Summer Wine Classes

Have you ever wondered where rosé gets its hue? Do you ponder the origins of the Tiki craze? Maybe you’d just like to learn how to taste wine and cheese without all the pretentious airs. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just feeling thirsty, our Summer Wine Classes have got you covered! 

Join us at the Annex this summer for comprehensive 90 minute classes led by our experts from Wine & Spirits, Sam Kling and Michele Thomas. Take the Mythbusting Rosé class on August 16th to find out how rosé gets its rosy tint, as well as about local producers and what makes them worth supporting. Taste through five beverages, from delicate wines to fan-favorite ciders, learning how to savor them and pair them. Next, try our Tiki, Do You Love Me? class to learn the surprising history of Tiki cocktails, then sip on three different rums and three classic Tiki drinks as you learn how to taste them. You won’t leave empty-handed, either, because we’ll be sending you home with cocktail recipes to elevate your next get-together.

In September, you’ll want to come back for more with our New York State of Wine & Cheese class. We’ll teach you about New York wines and cheeses and the producers behind them, how to taste wine and cheese, how to pair them, and more. We’ll also provide plenty of snacks with every class so you can munch your way through your education. 

Sign up today at www.greenegrape.com/events and get learning! 

Carla Bueno-SandersTaught By The Glass—Summer Wine Classes
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We’ve Got Elote Time On Our Hands

While there are plenty of foods that are quintessentially summer, none are quite the simple pleasure of corn on the cob. Whether grilled in their own leaves or roasted hard over charcoal, enjoyed on its own merits or slathered in butter and seasoning, it’s an endlessly customizable meal; it’s never too hot for an ear of corn. Angela’s elote salad recipe brings a multicultural twist on a classic with K-Pop Kimchi Mayo, our new favorite condiment!

Ingredients:
6 ears of corn
1/4 cup K-Pop Kimchi Mayo Sauce
4 oz. cotija cheese, crumbled
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
Lime juice (to taste)
Salt (to taste)

Instructions:
Heat an oiled grill to medium-high heat and roast ears of corn for about 7 minutes, or until kernels are tender and all sides are roasted. Chop the kernels from their cobs, then combine and incorporate all other ingredients in a large bowl. Serve immediately, and enjoy your elote!

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Gobble-Up These Thanksgiving Pairings

There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Choosing Sides

Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with.  Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.

While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of dishes to choose from. Of course we’ll have plenty of omnivore friendly offerings, but the real star this year is our veggie friendly sides! Because when you’re feeding a large group, its hard to please everyone and we recommend leaving the meat to the turkey and the stuffing. Highlights from this year’s menu include: Maple Glazed Yams, Brussels Sprout Gratin, Mushroom-Leek & Walnut Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, and gravy made two ways! We’ll have both a traditional turkey gravy and a plant-based vegan gravy!

We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.

Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street

 

Angela GelsoGobble-Up These Thanksgiving Pairings
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The Great Gobble Giveaway!

What would Thanksgiving be without the giving?

After 10 years of business on Fulton St. we know that we’ve got a lot to be thankful for: delicious food, delightful coworkers, and of course what would we be without the incredible Fort Greene community! This year we have the unique opportunity to give back. We’ve teamed up with the  Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership to donate turkeys to local families in need. We’ve set our goals high, but are confident in our ability, with the help of our community, to procure 854 lbs of turkey! While we can’t do it alone, The Greene Grape has committed to matching 50% of every dollar raised in this Great Gobble Giveaway.

Will you donate a pound or two to a local family’s Thanksgiving turkey?

Ask your cashier, or click here to donate a pound or two to a local family in need.

Cocktails For Turkeys!

To kick off the fundraising, we’re hosting a cocktail party at  Annex on Tuesday November 13th from 6:00-9pm. All proceeds from our signature beer and cocktail sales will go to buying turkeys for 61 local families. Come out and mingle, and drink for a great cause! TOAST Ale and Ford’s Gin will be slinging beverages until we close. Mix and mingle with a spirited group of community members, local businesses and community organizers, this will be an evening to remember!

Who will be getting these turkeys?

TheMyrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership works with the Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry which gives about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community each year. In addition, they work with local businesses and residents to provide the community with turkeys. This year, they have asked us to help extend their turkey donation with 61 turkeys to help provide for families living at the The Emerson Davis Family Center. This local organization offers housing, child care, medical, and mental health services. Emerson-Davis is a transitional family preservation and reunification program designed to serve parents with histories of homelessness and mental illness, and their families.

Angela GelsoThe Great Gobble Giveaway!
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Raising a racket over this season’s squash!

The fall harvest is here, and we’ve got a few tricks and treats up our sleeves. This season’s bounty of squash may feel like a ‘been-there-done-that’ kind of thing, but just wait until you try our newest petite treat – the Honeynut Squash!

Honeynut is a fairly new variety of squash that’s been around just under a decade having been bred specifically for a sweeter more versatile taste than its cousin the Butternut, not to mention its loads easier to manage in the kitchen than a more traditional squash! So who do we have to thank for this small miracle? Chef Dan Barber, of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns fame, approached a group of breeders from Cornell University with the challenge to make a squash that tasted better and didn’t require a machete in the kitchen, and so the journey to make this little delight a reality got put into motion.

Honeynuts are popping up in a lot of local grocers’ and farmers’ markets where sellers boast its smooth texture and sweet yet nutty flavor, but it’s not just the taste that’s getting people’s attention. The little squash doesn’t have to be peeled, which is a huge time saver. They also have 3x the amount of beta-carotene as well as being a great source of vitamin A, making them easy on the eyes.

Afraid of being left out because you don’t have a raging sweet tooth? Fear not ! We’ve got one more trick up our sleeve. Introducing the Kabocha squash, sometimes referred to as a Japanese pumpkin. This winter squash is still sweeter than a Butternut but less so than a Honeynut, lauded for its velvety texture and high in both fiber and beta-carotene, use this winter veggie anywhere you would a pumpkin or traditional squash, that means seeds too!

Much like the Kabocha, Red Kuri squash is a hearty winter squash that you might need a heavy duty knife to carve up. Unlike its relatives, however, this particular squash has an exceptional nutty flavor making it perfect for soups and risotto. The Red Kuri can also be used as a decor as it plays well with gourds and pumpkins!
Of course we would be remiss not to mention the famed thin-skinned Delicata squash, not only is it easy to cut and roast, but the creamy flesh of this squash is ideal for roasting, no peeling necessary. Stuffing the delicata is also a popular way to serve up this variety, however between our three colorful varieties of Acorn squash picking the right veggie for stuffing can be quite a challenge. Try them all, and let us know what you think!

Our squash all come from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative a non-profit all organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers all working out of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to ensure your produce is humanely raised and fresh as can be!

Angela GelsoRaising a racket over this season’s squash!
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BjornQorn, get your BjornQorn here!

There’s no snack quite like popcorn! Dress it up any way you like or dress it down for a light and simple bite; it goes back almost 4000 years, and it helped save the film industry from the Great Depression. And while we always have room on our shelves for a variety of popcorn, there’s one popcorn that reigns in our hearts and our stomachs. We mean BjornQorn, of course, a uniquely flavorful vegan popcorn that we just can’t get enough of, in a charming bag designed by a local artist.

What sets BjornQorn apart isn’t just its seasoning of safflower oil and nutritional yeast, though its nutty, almost cheesy flavor and its high vitamin and protein content are certainly a big part of that. BjornQorn isn’t popped like any other popcorn, with kettles of organic corn swung out over mirrored basins on sunny days in upstate New York, no matter the season. It makes for crispier kernels thanks to the even heat of the sun; with no need for fuel, it keeps costs low, and with zero emissions, it keeps environmental impact even lower.

BjornQorn gets its name from cofounder Bjorn Quenemoen, son of Minnesotan corn farmers, and gets its solar mirror technology from other cofounder Jamie O’Shea. The two met at Bard College, where Bjorn was popping through the night to make popcorn with his family’s recipe. One very productive game of catch later, the two agreed to put food and technology together, and the rest is history. Now they strive to provide that same solar-cooking technology at “dirt cheap” prices, in Jamie’s own words, in places where energy is scarce, in partnership with those communities.

At the end of the day, though, the most important fact about BjornQorn is that it is addictively tasty. It’s one of our best-selling snacks for a reason, and we think you’ll find it hard to put the bag down.

Now Available For Delivery! – So sit back and binge watch your Netflix, we’ll bring the popcorn!

Carla Bueno-SandersBjornQorn, get your BjornQorn here!
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